Best Value of the Year – The Abbey Villas

Your Fontana Vacation Home Search has found you the perfect property at the right price in the Abbey Villas!

abbey villa fontana wiLocation, price and amenities create the perfect storm for a serious buyer.  This 2 bedroom Abbey Villa unit is one building off the water.  Overlooking the Abbey Villa pool and a short walk across the street to the Fontana Beach, the list of “Fun Things to Do in Lake Geneva” just got longer!

Walk into this unit and you’ll feel like the rooms came directly off the Pottery Barn website.  The decor and finishing touches are perfect for this vacation retreat!


When people think of Fontana, they think of fun.  If you are looking for a great vacation property to have fun with friends and family, this Abbey Villa condominium is a walk to the beach,Gordy’s, Abbey Spa and restaurants & more.

Priced at $199,000, this Abbey Villa condo in Fontana is going to move quickly.  Similar Abbey Villa units have sold for $249K – $299K without the additional dockominium.  Update:  5/20/13 – Exact same unit 20B (in same building) closed for $234,000!  With the value in this property and the location, you can have everything you want in a vacation property at a great price and be settled and ready for the summer season of fun to begin!


Dockominium 1143 on Harbor Wall available separately.


Abbey Villa Unit 20H floorplan

Click here for more information about this Abbey Villa Condominium.Abbey Resort Harbor Fontana WI


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Welcome to the Abbey Villas!

Abbey Villa Condo assessed for $283,700 per 2012 Walworth County Tax Bill. 

Listing Price: $ 199,000 Reduced!
Address: 265 Fontana Blvd.
City: Fontana
State: WI
ZIP: 53125
MLS #: 1298709
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Just listed!  To have the first opportunity to tour this exceptional value call or text (262) 745-3738.

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The Melges Team – Top Producing Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors

As Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors, the Melges Team shares their in-depth knowledge and experience around Geneva Lake with their clients and customers. Listening to what your goals are, Hans and Michalene will help you formulate a specific marketing plan to get your home sold. When you work with the Melges Team, it’s more than just another real estate transaction, they work to build your trust and confidence as your trusted real estate advisor for life. Contact the Melges Team at (262)745-3738 for real estate advice and to help your family make the best decision for your move!


Antique Boat Show Coming to Lake Geneva WI this Weekend

Lake Geneva BoatingThe Geneva Lakes Annual Classic & Antique Boat Show will taking place this weekend!

The 2013 Antique Boat show will take place at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI.  This is a great time for boat lovers young and “less young” to come out and see some gorgeous wooden boats.  Scheduled this year for September 27 – 29, the show will feature classic and vintage boats from all over the country.  The show is open to the public to view the boats on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the boats being in the Abbey Harbor over the weekend, on Friday, boat enthusiasts are invited to take a lunch cruise and tour 3 estates around Geneva Lake.  This year, the estate tour will be followed by a wonderful lunch at Lake Geneva Country Club.  Friday evening there’s a special cocktail party and dinner at the home of Larry Larkin.

Then Saturday and Sunday offer 2 full days of events at the Antique Boat Show.  Check out their website for a full list of events and to see photos from previous years’ Classic Boat Shows.

The classic boats and historic estates on Geneva Lake add to the rich history of the area.  While you are in town for the boat show, we’d love to answer your questions about our Lake Geneva lakefront real estate market.  Currently there 46 lakefront homes for sale on Geneva including this beautiful lakefront on the South Shore in Fontana – Pier 490 that was just listed!  There are great values that have just listed that offer great opportunity to finally purchase a lakefront home for your family to enjoy!  We can be reached at (262) 745-3738 – call or text for immediate response!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend for the Antique Boat Show at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI.

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Top Producing Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors

The Melges Team has a proven system the delivers measurable results when it comes to selling your Lake Geneva lakefront property.  From preparing your home for sale, to marketing your property online and offline as well as helping you negotiate the best offer and tending to all the details required to get your home to the closing table.  The Melges Team works with trusted, local professionals to handle all the details so you don’t have to!  Allowing you to have more time to do the things you love! 

Fontana Paddle Company Hosting Charity Event on Lake Geneva Wisconsin

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Fontana Paddle Company - Providing "Green" Fun on the West End of Lake Geneva, WI

Fontana Paddle Company is hosting an exciting charity event on May 12th 2012 on the west end of Lake Geneva.

Paddle boarding has become a very popular across the country for a number of reasons.  First, it’s fun!  Second, it gives you a great chance to be on the water without needing a motorboat or a jet ski.  Third, it’s green and since we just celebrated Earth Day, that’s and area where we all can help the environment.  Lastly, it’s great exercise!

Fontana Paddle Company is the local expert on the West End of Lake Geneva in all things “paddle” – From kayaking to stand up paddle boarding, they will answer your questions, give you a lesson and help you enjoy the water in a non-motorized, peaceful way!

Coming up on May 12th Fontana Paddle Company is hosting their 2nd annual “Ice Breaker” party to welcome summer on Lake Geneva.  The goal is also to raise money for a very worthy cause and kick off the paddling season at the Fontana Paddle Company.  The festivities will begin right at 10 AM (sign-in at 9:30AM) and run until 2 PM on the second Saturday of May, including a 1 Mile Relay Kayak Challenge; an Open House with equipment demos and clinics; and, a pre-season equipment “Blow-Out” sale on new and used equipment.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of water rescue equipment for the rescue boat operated by the Fontana Rescue/EMS squad. The Fontana Rescue/EMS squad will also be grilling and selling brats, chips and pop for the event.

The “Ice Breaker” Kayak Challenge is a 1 mile tandem kayak relay race that will launch from the public beach in Fontana. Kayaks and all necessary equipment will be provided for up to 36 teams. The entry fee for each team, consisting of a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight people, is only $60. The focus of the race is on fun as opposed to competition and it is open to all ages, families and friends; everyone is invited to get out and enjoy the lake.

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Saturday, May 12th in Fontana, Wisconsin

Prizes will be awarded for “Best Team Name” and “Best Team Spirit,” as well as the top finishers. Prizes include t-shirts, posters, Paddle Company gift certificates, and a special Sunday Brunch package, provided by the Abbey Resort, a participating event sponsor.

The “Ice Breaker” is also an Open House that is free and open to the public.  You can stop in throughout the morning and check out any of Fontana Paddle Company’s free clinics on kayaking, stand-up paddle board, paddle board fitness, rowing and sailing.   The clinics are being taught by individuals who are passionate about their chosen sport, and will take place throughout the event. You are sure to learn something interesting and possibly even pick up your next favorite pastime.

If you have any questions or would like to check out Fontana Paddle Company as they celebrate their 2nd summer season in Fontana, WI visit their Facebook Page at:

Fontana Paddle Company
454 Lake Street
Fontana, WI  53125
Phone: (262) 275-5708

So, save the date of May 12, 2012 for fun on the water at the Fontana Paddle Company’s 2nd annual “Ice Breaker” event in Fontana, Wisconsin.


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The Melges Team - Ranked #4 for Lake Geneva Real Estate!

While visiting the area, if you’d like to discuss Fontana or Lake Geneva real estate, feel free to contact The Melges Team.  Michalene and Hans specialize in vacation homes in Fontana and Lake Geneva, WI.  Working together as a team with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva, they set realistic expectations and take care of all the details for you so you can feel comfortable that all the T’s are crossed and the I’s dotted making your move as stress free as possible. You can contact us at (262) 745-3738, call or text and discuss your unique situation in confidence.

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Ringing in the New Year – Things to do at Lake Geneva to Celebrate

New Years Eve Lake Geneva WI

Happy New Year!

Break out your party hat and noise maker, throw on a glitzy outfit and get ready to party!  There’s plenty of things to do at Lake Geneva to ring in the New Year!

Many local establishments set up special menus and entertainment for New Year’s eve.  From the resorts where they put together package deals including hotel accommodations to restaurants and specialty businesses.  No matter what you’re looking to do to celebrate, you’ll be able to find it this weekend in Lake Geneva, WI!

Where are the New Year’s Eve Parties?

Local Resorts are hosting fantastic New Years Eve Parties combining dinner, dancing, champagne and hotel accommodations!

The Grand Geneva has an exceptional part planned.  Their special New Year’s Eve package includes a 2-night stay, with a discount on a 3rd night if you wish.  It also includes dinner for two plus admission to the New Year’s Eve celebration, party favors and a champagne toast!  If you’re travelling with kids, Grand Geneva Resort also offers a package for a kids party for New Year’s Eve.

The Abbey Resort and Spa is going all out for their New Year’s Eve celebration this year.  They have 3 different packages to choose from for those wanting to celebrate New Years in Fontana!  They are featuring live entertainment by Triple D and The Business, a Chicago-based horn band that specializes in many musical styles and genres.  They also have a special New Year Eve menu planned which sounds spectacular!  To make a reservation or learn more about The Abbey, please visit or call 800-709-1323.

The Baker House in Lake Geneva is hosting it’s grandest event of the year on New Year’s Eve!  Gather around one of their beautiful fireplaces, enjoy gourmet food, live music and a great crowd.  With Staggered seating and multiple options you can design an intimate dinner for two, or plan to join a group of friends for lots of laughs.  For Reservations, contact the Baker House at: (262) 248-4700 or visit their website!

Then on New Year’s Day, if you need an extreme wake up to cure the champagne hangover, take a drive out to Williams Bay, WI for the Polar Bear Plunge!  It takes place at noon at the public beach.

Whether you are staying in or looking for a grand party, you’ll find plenty of things to do at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


Stay informed about Fontana and Lake Geneva real estate throughout 2012 by following this blog.  Hans and Michalene Melges are realtors with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva.  They specialize in matching buyers and sellers of stunning lakefront and vacation homes.   To learn more about Lake Geneva lakefront property or to get assistance marketing your vacation home, contact Hans or Michalene directly.  (262) 745-3738

Looking for Things to Do in Lake Geneva WI this Weekend

things to do in lake geneva wiLooking for fun things to do in Lake Geneva this weekend?  Well, here’s a few ideas to get you in the Christmas spirit!

This weekend, December 16 – 19th there’s plenty of fun activities going on around Lake Geneva and Fontana, WI.  If you’re like us, you might just be still finishing your Christmas shopping (shhhhhh, don’t tell.)  Downtown Lake Geneva is such a special spot for shopping.  You can find so many great gifts that could only be from Lake Geneva.  For instance, The Cornerstone Shoppe and Gallery has beautiful hand painted Christmas ornaments that depict scenes around Lake Geneva.  You won’t find these in Chicago or anywhere else, so truly a special gift.

While you’re checking your list twice and making sure you’ve accomplished all your holiday shopping, head on down to Starbucks for a warm up and to have a picture taken with Santa.  This is the last weekend Santa, his elves and real live reindeer will be posed on the corner of Center and Main Street in Lake Geneva to greet good boys & girls.  From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. you can pet the reindeer and snap a picture with Santa!

Friday and Saturday night, if you head down to Fontana, WI The Abbey Resort is hosting their Yuletide Bonfire!  Roast marshmallows, sing Christmas carols and get yourself in a festive mood enjoying the chilly Wisconsin air.  In addition to the bonfire in the evening, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at The Abbey Resort, visit Santa’s workshop!  This is so much fun for the kids to enjoy.  They get to make gingerbread houses, reindeer food and ping pong snowmen.  Sip a hot cider while the kids work and make sure to bring a camera to capture the smiles and giggles on the little ones faces.

Lake Geneva School of Cooking is hosting a holiday cookie and biscotti workshop.  All ages are welcome from kids to grandparents (just leave the reindeer at home).  Learn how to make delicious classic Christmas cookies and biscotti from around the world.  Chef Deb Lampert from Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva WI will be sharing her tips to turn out these classics that will have everyone in your family smiling.  The fun really starts though when the frosting and sprinkles come out for decorating time!  To find out more about this fun, family affair, contact Lake Geneva School of Cooking at:  (262) 248-3933.

Christmas in the Country continues at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.  Over one million Christmas lights twinkle throughout the property.  Beautiful gingerbread houses are on display and the holiday show is still going on.  For details about Christmas in the Country, contact Grand Geneva at:

Wherever your plans are this weekend, or whether you take part in any of these fun things to do in Lake Geneva , make sure to spread some Christmas cheer.  Not that we’re counting, but there’s 9 days left until Christmas and 4 days until the start of Hanukkah! 


Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival – A Spooktacular Event

Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival

Saturday, October 29th 1 - 5 p.m.

There are plenty of things to do at Lake Geneva and it’s not just during the summer!  Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival carries the fun & libations into Halloween weekend!

This year marks the second anniversary for the Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival.  Several well know distilleries and some smaller craft breweries will be featured at the event.  You’ll be able to taste some very well know Wisconsin Breweries:  Capitol Brewery – Madison, Central Waters Brewery – Amherst, Sprecher’s Brewery – Milwaukee and New Glarus Brewing Company – New Glarus, WI.

One of the hometown favorite brewers that will also be featured is the Geneva Lake Brewing Company from Lake Geneva, WI.  Founded by Pat & Jon McIntosh – a local father & son team!  They started promoting their craft brews over this past summer and continue to grow.  The Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival is a great opportunity to meet these great local entrepreneurs and sample their specialty beer.

Sample over 120 different beers at the Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival!

Starting off The 2011 Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival on Friday night is an Eat & Greet event being held at Gordy’s in Fontana, WI.  Gordy’s is one of THE most popular hangouts all summer long on Lake Geneva.  They provide entertainment on Lake Geneva with boat rentals and a full service marina!  Gordy’s offers great food, fun, family atmosphere and a great location at the west end of Lake Geneva.  The Eat & Greet is Friday, October 28th and tickets can be purchased directly on the Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits website.

Second Annual Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2011 – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Abbey Resort & Spa – Fontana, WI

Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival is the only event of it’s kind in the Geneva Lakes Area.  With over 120 different brews to sample, there will also be food sampling and concessions, live music and raffle prizes.  Listen to 96.1 WLKG for chances to win free tickets!

The Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits festival was created to not only enjoy the craft of micro-brewing, but also to help support Fontana, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay.  A donation will be made to the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol from the raffle prize proceeds. The Water Safety Patrol is a private, non-profit organization to keep Geneva Lake safe and enjoyable for all. These men & women dedicate countless hours training and patrolling to make sure they are there in the event of accidents or emergencies.

No matter what time of year it is, there are always things to do at Lake Geneva!

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Hans & Michalene Melges - Rated 5th in Walworth County for Real Estate Sales

Michalene and Hans Melges support the communities that surround Lake Geneva.  Not only are they Lake Geneva Realtors with Keefe Real Estate, but they are also raising their children to appreciate the lake and all it has to offer.  Hans & Michalene actively promote local events that support the community and the Water Safety patrol.   Find out what’s going on and share your local events taking place in Lake Geneva year round on their Facebook page


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Antique Tops the List of Things to Do at Lake Geneva WI this Weekend

Vintage is the new black – if you’re talking cars and boats in Lake Geneva WI this weekend!

The Abbey Resort Fontana WIIf you’re looking for what to do in Lake Geneva WI this weekend there will be a great display of preservation and pride in two great shows.  First, the International Boat Show takes center stage at the Abbey Resort, Fontana WI.  Over 100 antique boats from around the US and Canada will all be on display and being judged by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS).  The ACBS is holding their annual meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana and as a benefit to boat enthusiasts around Lake Geneva, the boats will parade around the lake following judging at 4:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 24th.

Finally, for those looking for a truly unique antique boat, there will be an auction of 75 vintage boats as the International Boat Show concludes.   There will be several vendors at The Abbey Resort to help answer any questions you have, introduce you to the newest products to outfit your boat whether it be brand new or vintage.

International Boat Show

The Abbey Resort, Fontana WI

Lake Geneva Car ShowIf your sea legs are a little wobbly, but you appreciate history and character then the Geneva Lake Classic Car Rally might be more your style.  Running Friday, Sept 23 – Sunday Sept 25th, there are several events planned all around Lake Geneva.  Friday evening, Bella Vista Suites is hosting a meet & greet cocktail party to welcome classic car enthusiasts and get the engines revving!  Saturday, all the classic cars are on display early in the day throughout Lake Geneva.  At 11:00 a.m. there is a classic car parade through downtown Lake Geneva and ending at The Chalet at The Lodge at Geneva Ridge on Hwy. 50.  Saturday also offers a poker run, rally and soiree dance in the evening!

Finally, Sunday, September 25th the Geneva Lake Classic Car Rally has the conclusion of the poker run and the Grand Car ShowFinale with the People’s Choice Classic Car Rally Prize being awarded at 3:30 p.m.

Geneva Lakes Classic Car Rally

The Chalet at The Lodge at Geneva Ridge, Lake Geneva WI

Both shows will provide a great opportunity to show your kids and grandchildren a true treat from a bygone era. While summer has sailed, fall provides no shortage of things to do at Lake Geneva.

4th of July Activities – Lake Geneva and Fontana WI

Independence Day Celebrations around Lake Geneva and Fontana, WI4th of July Lake Geneva

It’s hard to believe we’re rounding the corner to the 4th of July already!  The weather has just started to get summer-like in Lake Geneva and the lake traffic has really just started picking up.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that this is the place to find out all about what’s going on in Lake Geneva and around the lake!  So here’s your options if you’re looking for things to do in Lake Geneva with kids for the 4th of July.

Fontana, WI

Fontana’s Independence Day Celebration is on the 4th.  All the activities take place on the lakefront beach with fireworks beginning at dusk.

The Abbey Fontana WIThe Abbey Resort – Fontana, WI

The Abbey Resort & Spa have an entire weekend of activities planned to celebrate Independence Day!  Beginning on Friday, July 1st with a fish fry and jazz on the lawn.  Saturday evening they have a scrumptious prime rib buffet and live music.  The big party starts on Sunday, July 3rd and continues into Monday, the 4th of July for Fontana’s fireworks.  For more information about all the festivities check out the Abbey Resort’s Facebook Event Page!

Lake Geneva, WI

Independence Day festivites are held at The Grand Geneva Resort and Geneva National golf club.

Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI

The Grand Geneva Resort is celebrating all day on Sunday, July 3rd.  This year, Grand Geneva is partnering with the Lake Geneva Food Pantry to benefit our community and those that need help.  They are asking that each attendee coming to the fireworks bring two nonperishable food items to be donated to the food pantry.  For the entire weekend of 4th of July Events at Grand Geneva, check out their website!  *Note: if you are looking for an extra special fireworks event (maybe you are going to propose or are celebrating an anniversary) the Embers Terrace is offering a very special package including dinner, dessert, drinks and a front row seat for the fireworks!  Click here for more info! Trust me, it would be an event you’ll cherish forever!

Geneva National Golf Club

Geneva National on Hwy 50 between Delavan and Lake Geneva will be celebrating on Sunday, July 34.  They are planning a traditional barbeque picnic in the pavilion.  There will be inflatable games on the driving range and much fun for the kids.  Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m.


Town of Delavan and the city of Delavan celebrate the 4th of July on both the 3rd and 4th.  On July 3rd, festivities take place in the Town of Delavan at the Community Park (the corner of Hwy. 50 and South Shore Dr.)  Parking is free and they have food, drinks, bing and tons of things to do for kids of all ages.  Fireworks begin at dusk.  On July 4th, the City of Delavan has their Let Freedom Ring celebration through downtown.  There’s a parade at 3:00 p.m. with entertainment, food and games following.  Fireworks are at dusk over Lake Comus.


You can open your Independence Day weekend with an evening of fun in Elkhorn.  Friday, July 1st, the City of Elkhorn will host it’s Star Spangled Celbration from 5 – 9:00 p.m. at Sunset Park (200 Devendorf St.)  They have a great open air concert in the pavillion and firworks at dusk.

Wherever you are celebrating Independence Day, let’s remember to give thanks for our freedom and all of the blessings we have.  Please, have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend with your families!